Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

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Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

Post by TheStranger » 01 Aug 2008 15:08

http://flickr.com/photos/sedanman/2719120184/

Sometime in June, apparently.
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Re: Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

Post by Brian Lutz » 01 Aug 2008 16:58

I actually posted on this back when it closed over at my Blog, with a few photos of the store and an advertisement from when the store opened:

The Beginning and the End of the Old Bellevue Safeway

And although this might be of somewhat less interest, here's a tour of the brand new Safeway store a block away which replaced it, which is their new flagship store for the Pacific Northwest:

A Tour of the New Downtown Bellevue Safeway
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Post by Brian Lutz » 16 Aug 2011 11:51

It looks like there's going to be a new independent grocery store moving into this former Safeway:

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Re: Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

Post by storewanderer » 16 Aug 2011 22:26

How interesting. This building sits very empty and sad looking at present.

The replacement Safeway is in a high rise and sort of difficult to get in and out of. Inside the store both times I went in the line (one time) and lines the other time were horribly long. The QFC nearby is one of the nicest grocery stores I've ever seen but is sky high in price.
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Post by Brian Lutz » 17 Aug 2011 16:33

I live just a few blocks away from here, and that QFC is my regular grocery store. To throw in a bit of historical context to keep from wandeing too much, that particular store dates back to roughly the mid Sixties back when QFC was only around 5-6 stores in Bellevue and Seattle, but has apparently been expanded at some point, which leads to it having a bit of an odd layout. I believe it also hosts their corporate offices upstairs.
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Post by storewanderer » 17 Aug 2011 23:11

Wow, I had no idea that QFC was that old. I thought it was a newer store.

I also noticed a very old Rite Aid down there. I did not go in. Rite Aid puts me to sleep these days. It looked to have a cheaper Payless interior and I'd be inclined to label it as a former Osco if pressed. I suspect I'm incorrect and it is an old Pay N Save.
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Post by Brian Lutz » 18 Aug 2011 02:17

Based on my newspaper research, that Rite Aid opened as a Pay 'n Save in early 1962.
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Re: Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

Post by Brian Lutz » 11 Nov 2011 17:31

The new Your Local Market store just opened for business this morning. I haven't been over there yet (I'll probably walk over and check it out a bit later on since I only work a couple of blocks away) but you can find a few photos here:

http://bellevue.komonews.com/photo-gall ... day?page=4

Interestingly enough, it looks like they took a lot of the old wood surfaces (particularly the beams of the Marina roof) which had previously been painted in the store's previous incarnation and exposed them. If I recall from some of the photos on this site of some of the well-preserved 60s stores (I seem to be hitting broken links when I try to find them now) they had this exposed wood as part of the original decor when the store was opened.
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Re: Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

Post by justin karimzad » 15 Nov 2011 00:45

Cool! Yes all marina Safeway's had unpainted beams originally. The diagonal wood slats in the back were used throughout Seattle-area marina Safeway's (of course they're all painted over now), along with the sandstone brick in the outside front by the entrances. Same architect(s) and prototype, I guess.

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Post by Brian Lutz » 20 Aug 2012 21:30

http://www.downtownbellevue.com/2012/08 ... expansion/

It appears that this store's second lease on life may prove to be short lived, as Kemper Freeman appears to be moving forward with the second phase of Lincoln Square that will eventually occupy this site. As of last month, the new store here has already closed down after less than a year in business due to financial losses (on the one occasion I went there it came across as a low-rent version of Whole Foods.) According to the article, permitting for Lincoln Square phase 2 would take roughly ten months to complete before construction could begin.
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Re: Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

Post by Brian Lutz » 27 Jan 2014 12:41

http://downtownbellevue.com/2014/01/27/ ... expansion/

Sometime last week, this store was demolished to make way for the expected second phase of Lincoln Square. There is still a former Marina Safeway in Bothell that has closed down, but it is unclear at this point what the fate of the building will be.
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